FAIRYTALE festivities have started Cheadle's countdown to Christmas. Team Cheadle's Christmas Lights Switch-on took place at the weekend, lighting up the town with Yuletide joy.
The Once Upon A Time theme sprinkled the town with pixie-dust as traders, stall-holders, visitors and townsfolk dressed up as their favourite fictional characters.
With a full market throughout the day, street entertainment and fairground rides along the High Street and a street market during the afternoon, the day offered plenty of fun and activity for all.
Stall-holders and shop-keepers competed for the best decorated frontage or window as part of a competition judged on the day, along with a contest for the most innovative fund-raising idea.
The fun began at 9am, when shops and market traders opened for business, then at 1.30pm, Santa arrived at his inflatable grotto on his sleigh, thanks to the efforts of Cheadle Carnival Committee.
A host of different stalls from wooden Christmas gifts to dog accessories, stationary, Mexican street food and mulled cider were available at stalls in the street market throughout the afternoon, with community groups and charities also to be seen with fund-raising and awareness activities.
Street entertainment included a stilt walker, fire-eater and a Punch and Judy show as well as fairground rides in High Street and at the bottom of Greyhound Walk.
To add to the fun, a ‘stage’ area outside Lulworth House showcased the town’s talent, with music from Joslyn Plant, Martha Hermolle and Simon Clewlow as well as turns from Cheadle Primary School, Great Wood Primary School in Tean and Bishop Rawle Primary School, Cheadle.
Cheadle’s Town Mayor, Cllr Ian Plant switched on the town’s Christmas Lights at 5pm with Cheadle Carnival Queen, Evangeline Stanley.
The whole event was organised by Team Cheadle, a community group working to make Cheadle a better place to live, work and visit.
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